ICC suspend Zimbabwe Cricket for political interference

Zimbabwe cricket team celebrate taking a wicket

Zimbabwe cricket team celebrate taking a wicket

With this decision Zimbabwe cricket will no longer receive ICC funding and representative teams from the country will be barred from participating at ICC events.

Zimbabwe's participation in qualifiers for the World T20 is in doubt after the International Cricket Council suspended their membership.

ICC chairperson Shashank Manohar said: "We do not take the decision to suspend a member lightly but we must keep our sport free from political interference".

The decisions were taken at the ICC annual conference in London.

The current elected members of Zimbabwe board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was violation of articles 2.4 (c) and d.

"The ICC wants cricket to continue in Zimbabwe in accordance with the ICC Constitution", he added.

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The ICC called for Zimbabwe's cricket officials to be reinstated within three months after which the suspension will be reviewed in October, it said.

Among the other major decisions, the ICC also approved concussion player replacements in all formats of men's and women's global cricket and for First-Class cricket worldwide.

The Croatia, Morocco and Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing to be non compliant.

The ICC has also approved the use of concussion replacements in all forms of the game following a trial in domestic cricket.

The government-run commission acted after alleging corruption in the administration, but the ICC viewed it as government interference, which is against the world body's rules. Moreover, the punishment for slow over-rate has been changed.

They played eight Test matches in 2005 after the suspension was lifted, but would then not play another Test match until 2011.

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